ZANETA CHA | SEPTEMBER 2018 - Member Spotlight
Zaneta joined the San Francisco Road Runners early this year to help her on her quest to the Spartan World Championships. In the process Zaneta has brought so much joy and good will to the club with her participation - not only in training (long runs, speed work, etc.), but also in volunteering/service with the club. Along with Matthew, Zaneta spearheaded/led our entire SFRRC Aid Station on Mile 18 of the 2018 San Francisco Marathon (27 of our club members volunteered). With gratitude and smiles we won't mention how early she arrived to set that marathon fuel station up. ;)
Zaneta qualified for the 2018 Spartan World Championships at the end of August at the Regional Championships in West Virginia. Go Zaneta!
Questions we asked Zaneta:
When did you first get interested in running? And what do you run now?
I started to entertain the idea of running two years ago, because a lot of my friends were inviting me to join local 5k “fun” runs. Personally, I always associated running as a punishment for sports and I was amazed that so many people actually paid money to do something that could be done for free. However, when I was introduced to the world of obstacle course racing, I realized that I needed to be a faster, more efficient runner. I joined SFRRC with the intent that running would be supplemental training that I needed to do to become better.
Why do you still run?
Little did I know that after joining the club, I would meet so many amazing members, discover so many different areas of the SF, and even enjoy running (sometimes). Even though the OCR season is coming to an end, I plan to continue to run because after watching the Boston Marathon documentary, I ended up signing up for my first marathon in December!
How did you hear about SFRRC?
I first heard about SFRRC through a friend from my church, who said it was the friendliest run club in SF! I joined the club January 2018 during the Sports Basement kick-off run. Any run club that serves a bacon and egg breakfast afterwards will win me over!
What does the San Francisco Road Runners Club do for you?
It affords me the opportunity to meet wonderful people who truly enrich my life while running.
What are your running/athletic goals - any races included?
My dream goal would be to be on the Spartan race podium. SFRRC has been vital to my success in helping me achieve my goal this year of making it to Worlds. Another athletic goal that I have is getting a personal training certification so that I can help other individuals meet their own athletic goals.
What are a few of your favorite thing about the club?
SFRRC is truly the friendliest run club in SF! I have met so many inspirational friends and runners, who continue to not only support me, but also challenge me to become better. I love having a group of people who continue to keep me accountable, just by being present at all the runs. I also really enjoy all the events that we have such as movie nights, book signings, and bowling nights, especially since they all are accompanied by free food!
Favorite Race: Spartan LA Dodger Stadium race! For anyone who is interested in trying out OCR (Obstacle Course Racing) for the first time, stadium races are great! This was my most memorable race because my friends and I did a 24 hour trip down to LA for the race. We drove down at 4 am, ran the race in the afternoon, went for Korean BBQ for dinner and explored City Walk, and then made it back to the city at 4 am the next day.
Favorite Training Runs: I really enjoy track! It is a smaller group, and although the workouts can be challenging, they are usually over pretty quickly. Plus, sometimes we get pizza or ice cream afterwards!
Which pace group are you in: I rotate between 9:30min/mile and 9:00min/mile depending on my race schedule. Wing and Laura are AWESOME!
How many miles do you run per week: 35mi-40mi. I also lift weights 3-4 times a week
Shoes: Asics Kayano for long runs; Inov-8 Mudclaw 300 for OCR
Food (when training for a marathon): Two weeks before a race, I cut out dairy, gluten and anything with added sugar. Then a week before the race, I try to incorporate slightly more carbs such as baked sweet potatoes and quinoa.
Favorite activity when you're not running with the club: I LOVE to eat (can you tell?) so I am always excited to try new restaurants and always open to sharing a meal with others! Hit me up! I also really enjoy playing board games, scrapbooking, and reading.
What keeps you motivated?
I love pushing myself and discovering new limits. Watching my overall pace decrease and placing higher in races is a huge motivator for me. I also really appreciate all my fellow runners that show up to track and long runs every week. On the days that I do not always want to get out and run, I remember how much fun I have with everyone and how there is always someone that will show up no matter what the condition #fomo.
What words of advice would you give to someone who is training for a race?
Consistency and Variety is KEY! I believe that every run or workout that you do is one step closer to being successful in a race. If you stick to your plan, the results should hopefully follow. I am also a big advocate of weight-training and exercises that promote multi-directional movements. I try to include a lot of compound lifts, which help support my muscles when I run, as well as make sure that I am training other angles of my body so that I prevent imbalances from doing repetitive movements.